Alain Bresson

Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Classics and History, in the Oriental Institute, and in the College
Wiebolt 405
Doctorat d'État Besançon, 1994
Research Interests: Ancient economy, Asia Minor, epigraphy, numismatics

Prof. Bresson’s current research focuses on the ancient economy, with a current concentration in money and credit, questions on which he has already published extensively and on which he is preparing a new book. He also publishes regularly on the history, epigraphy and numismatics of various regions of the ancient world, especially Asia Minor. In collaboration with Askold Ivantchik he is preparing a new corpus of the inscriptions of Phrygian Apameia. He chaired the Department of Classics from July 1st, 2011, to June 30, 2014.

Recent Publications

  • 2020. “Silverization, Prices, and Tribute in the Achaemenid Empire.” In C. J. Tuplin and J. Ma, eds. Aršāma and his World. The Bodleian Letters in Context. Vol. III, Aršāma’s World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 209–248.
  • 2020: “The Choice for Electrum Monometallism: When and Why.” In P. Van Alfen and U. Wartenberg, eds. White Gold. Studies in Early Electrum Coinage. New York: The American Numismatic Society, and Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 477–496.
  • 2020. “Fates of Romes.” Review article of K. Harper, The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017, Journal of Roman Studies, 14 pages.
  • 2019: “The Logic of the Messenian oktōbolos eisphora Property Tax.” M. Maiuro, with G. D. Merola, M. De Nardis, G. Soricell, eds. 2019. Uomini, Istituzioni, Mercati. Studi di storia per Elio Lo Cascio. Bari: Edipuglia, 245–257.
  • 2016. The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: Institutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.